Hermanos Hernaiz El Pedal 2018
Bright cherry color with a violet rim. Youthful and fragrant, with aromas of violets and wild forest fruits over a background of toasted bread and strawberry fruit gums and caramel. On the palate these primary fruit characteristics continue to dominate, like a fine summer pudding of berries.
This direct, honest red wine has the power and weight to be a great match for vegetable stews and if a little chilled, will bring the best out of a barbecue.
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The young and fleshy red 2018 El Pedal Tempranillo mixes some young-vine fruit from their Finca Emperatriz estate, but it also has grapes from other vineyards in Fuenmayor, Navarrete and Hornos de Moncalvillo. Therefore, it does not carry the name Finca La Emperatriz, which is reserved for the estate wines. The aim is to produce a fresh and easy-drinking Tempranillo matured in 500-liter oak barrels and concrete where the oak does not play a leading role.
Barrel Sample: 90-91
This is a rather light yet balanced white Rioja that’s crisp and refreshing. Fleshy citrus and crushed stones. Good for lunch time.
The El Pedal from Hermanos Hernáiz is made with grapes from farms owned by the Hernáiz family in five villages of Rioja Alta: Fuenmayor, Cenicero, Navarrete, Hornos de Moncalvillo and Baños de Rioja.
These vineyards, despite being Rioja Alta, are not located in an area as extreme as the most renowned estate of the family "La Emperatriz." Therefore, the climate is less Atlantic and the wines do not require long aging to reach their full potential. The Tempranillo varieties are grown over 30 years old.
The malolactic fermentation happens in cement tanks with control temperature. Is later on aged on 500 liters barrels for a few months. The wine bottles in the beginning on the spring and 10% of the previous vintage is blended to bring out character and structure.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.